Thruway crash kills 3 NYC family members, injures 5 more

August 4, 2020 GMT

ULSTER, N.Y. (AP) — A tractor-trailer struck two stopped passenger vehicles on the Thruway in the Hudson Valley, killing two children and an adult from a New York City family, police said.

The accident Sunday at about 8:30 p.m. near Kingston left five relatives injured, according to state police.

Justin Gayapersad, 10, Chelsea Gayapersad, 14, and Zulika Salim, 47, of the Bronx were back-seat passengers in a 2012 Honda Accord when it was rammed by the tractor-trailer heading south. They were pronounced dead at the scene.

Tractor-trailer driver Luc Leblanc, 61, of Sala derry-de-val, Quebec, tried to avoid a collision when he came upon stopped traffic, but struck the Honda from behind, pushing the car about 500 feet forward and off the southbound lanes, police said.


While pushing the Honda, the truck struck the rear passenger side of a 2007 Kia Sedona minivan, which also went off the road, police said.

The driver of the Honda and a front-seat passenger suffered minor injuries and were taken to local hospitals.

One passenger in the Kia was airlifted to Albany Medical Center and two other passengers were taken to local hospitals with minor injuries.

Police said occupants of the Honda and the Kia were all family members from the Bronx.

Police were investigating the accident.